Date of Award

Fall 12-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. Amy Townsend

Committee Member 3

Dr. Thomas O'Brien

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. Lilian Hill

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

This study is based on the notion that in Mississippi, a large number of Mississippi community college academic students transfer to 4-year universities in-state, as is the case in Alabama (Sacksteder LaClair, 2010). Mississippi community colleges have had a hard time tracking students who leave the institution without graduating. This study sought to document the most accurate numbers in community college completers and discover how many of Mississippi’s community college students are successful at the university level. Data were collected on former community college students at five of the state’s eight public four-year universities. The study revealed that 82% of Mississippi community college students who transfer to the university achieve a level of success by either earning an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree or completing at least 30 hours of university coursework.

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